Norway, Bergen

Team Members

  • Grete.Rusten, Professor, University of Bergen,  Board member Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (a TTO)

Guide Fields

  • Business strategies for eco-innovation and green entrepreneurship 
  • The organisation of service provision; in house production versus outsourcing and its regional impact.
  • Change in educational level in different types of producer services as aconsequence of functional transformation and reorganisation.
  • Service demand in different business cultures.
  • New logistics and commodity handling and concomitant upgrading of competence in the wholesale business.
  • Internationalisation of service provision.
  • Outsourcing strategies for business services
  • Virtual organisations in the service economy
  • ICT and business services
  • Design (www.
  • Public services and regulation
  • Head office location in the service sector

References G.Rusten

Dr Grete Rusten
    • Hermelin, B and Rusten, G. 2015. Geography and Service Economy. In Neil, J and Baltes, PB. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Studies, Elsevier, In print
    • Haarstad, H. and Rusten, G. 2015.The challenges of greening energy: policy/industry dissonance at the Mongstad refinery, Norway. Accepted for publication Environment and Planning C, In print
    • Rusten, G, and Overå, R. 2014 Local and Global Geographies of Innovation: Structures, Processes, and Geographic Context from a Firm Perspective. Growth and Change, Vol 45. No 3, 403-411. 
    •   Rusten, G. and Bryson, J.R 2010. Industrial design, competition and globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan
    •  Rusten, G., Potthoff, K. and Sangolt, L. 2013 (eds). Norway: nature, industry and society. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen.  360 p
  • Bruland, S.K. and Rusten, G. (2012). Sourcing strategies, channels and geographies in the international recruitment of a higly skilled work-force. A case study of companies in the petroleum and maritime sectors in a non-urban location in Norway. Erdkunde 66.1.
  • Bryson, J.R. and Rusten, G. 2011 Design Economies and the Changing World Economy, Routledge.
  • Rusten, G. og Bryson, J.R. 2010 Placing and Spacing Services: Towards a Balanced Geography of Firms, Clusters, Social Networks, Contracts and the Geographies of Enterprise. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie TESG Vol. 101, 248-261.
  • Rusten, G. and Bryson, J.R. 2010 (eds) Industrial design, competition and globalisation, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

  • Rusten, G. and Bryson, J.R 2009. Industrial design, competition and globalization.Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan (in print)
  • Rusten, G. 2008. Designtjenester og geografi. s 223-242 I: Isaksen, A. Karlsen, A og Sæther, B. (red): Innovasjoner i norske næringer. – Et geografisk perspektiv. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen.
  • Bryson, J.R and Rusten, G 2008. Transnational corporations and spatial divisions of service expertise as a competitive strategy: the example of 3M and Boeing. The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 28
  • Rusten, G and Skerratt, S. (eds.) 2008. Information and Communication Technologies in Rural Society. Routledge, London
  • Hermelin, B. and Rusten, G. 2007. The organizational and territorial changes of services in a globalized world. Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography Vol. 89 issues1 1-5.

  • Rusten, G., Iversen, N.M og Hem, L.E 2007. Våronn med nye muligheter. Verdiskaping på vestlandsbygdene basert på ressurser og opplevelser. Fagbokforlaget. 2007

  • Rusten, G. and Bryson, J.R 2007. Understanding the Relationship between Information and Communication Technology and the Behavior of Firms Located in Regional Clusters, In Bryson, J.R and Daniels P.W. (eds.) The Handbook of Service Industries. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. 311-330.
  • Rusten, G. and Bryson, J.R. 2007. The production and Consumption of Industrial Design Expertise by Small- and Medium Sized Firms: Some Evidence from Norway. Geografiska Annaler. SerieB, Human Geography, In print.
  • Bryson, J.R and Rusten, G. 2006. Internationalisation of management consultancy. In Harrington, J.W. and Daniels, P.W. (red): Knowledge-Based Services, Internatonalization and Regional Development. 79-100. Ashgate 12/06.
  • Rusten, G, Eldegard. T. 2006. Mongstadklyngen: Del 1: Industrielle og regionale utfordringer og muligheter med utgangspunkt i det eksisterende næringsliv. Samfunns- og næringslivsforskning, rapport 27/06, 83 s.
  • Sadler, D. and Rusten, G. 2006. Doctoral Thesis: Nilsen, Sverre Konrad. 2006. Technology Transfer. A Case-Study of the Promonence and Reciprocity in the Global Economy.
  • Bryson, J.R. and Rusten, G. 2005. Spatial Divisions of Expertise: Knowledge Intensive Business Service Firms and Regional Development in Norway. Service Industries Journal, Volume 25.8. 1-19.
  • Grete Rusten, John R. Bryson and Hallgeir Gammelsæter (2005)
  • Dislocated versus local business service expertise and knowledge: the acquisition of external management consultancy expertise by small and medium-sized enterprises in Norway GEOFORUM 36, Pages 525-539
  • Bryson, J.R. and Rusten, G. 2005. Knowledge Intensive Business Service Firms and Regional Development i Norway. Service Industries Journal Volume 25.8
  • K.J. Sunnevåg and G. Rusten 2004. Water rights in Norway. A time for change
  • International Journal of Regulation and Governance, June 2004.
  • Rusten, G. Gammelsæter, H., Bryson, J.R.. Combinational and Dislocated Knowledges and the Norwegian Client Consultant Relationship. Service Industries Journal 2004 Volume 24 Number 1.
  • Rusten, G. 2004. Hovedkontorlokalisering og regional utvikling I: Lindkvist, K.B. (ed.): Ressurser og omstiling - et geografisk perspektiv på regional omstilling i Norge. s-163-193
  • Fagbokforlaget: Bergen.
  • Rusten, G. 2004. IKT, foretak og næringsklynger. s 129-144. I: Arbo, P. og Gammelsæter, H. (red): Innovasjonspolitikkens scenografi. Tapir Akademisk forlag
  • Rusten, G. 2000. Geography of outsourcing. Business service provisions among firms in Norway. Journal of economic and social geography TESG Vol 91, no2. 122-134.
  • Rusten, G. 1996. The role of geographic concentration in promoting competitive advantage. The Norwegian furniture industry. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography Vol 51, 173-185.

References Peter Sjoholt

Peter Sjoholt receiving Reser award in Tampere conference

Our colleague passed away , but we are pleased to honour his work:

  • "The role of commercial and other service functions in changing the central place hierarchy ", (Nina Gunnerud Berg and Peter Sjoholt), The Norwegian Journal of Geography, Vol. 42 No. 1 1988.
  • "Regional development and the service sector. The post-industrial challenge", (Tor Selstad and Peter Sjoholt), The Norwegian Journal of Geography, Vol. 44 No. 1 1990.
  • "Use of producer services by manufacturing industry. Some empirical evidence from Norway", In: S. Illeris & L. Jakobsen (eds.), Networks and regional development, NordREFO 1990:1 Copenhagen. 1990.
  • "Producer services. A new panacea for marginal regions ?", In : Nätverk i Norden., ERU Stockholm. 1990.
  • "The dynamics of services as an agent of regional change and development : The case of Scandinavia.", The Service Industries Journal. Vol.13 No 2 1993.
  • "The regional distribution of producer services in the EC and the Nordic countries ", (S. Illeris and P. Sjoholt), Roskilde, Dept. of Geography and International Development Studies 1994.
  • "The role of producer services in industrial and regional development", Journal of European Urban and Regional Studies, Vol 1 No. 2 1994.
  • "The Nordic countries. High quality service in a low density environment", (S. Illeris and P. Sjoholt), Progress in Planning, Vol 43 No 2-3 1995.
  • "Futures on the European margin. Service sectors", In : Byron R. (ed), Economic futures on the North Atlantic margin, London, Aldershot 1995.
  • Skills in services. The dynamics of competence requirement in different types of advanced producer services. Some evidence from Norway. Service Industries Journal 19 1 1999
  • The problem of the outsourcing of service provision and its impact on marginal regions, In: Byron R. and J. Hutson (eds) Community Development on the North Atlantic Margin. Aldershot, Ashgate 2001.
  • Christaller revisited: reconsidering Christaller’s analysis of service and central places. Service Industries Journal 21 4 2001.
  • Internationalisation of commercial activities: some recent theoretical contributions and emprical evidence. In: Cuadrado-Roura, J, L. Rubalcaba-Bermejo and J. Bryson (eds) Trading services in the Global Economy, Cheltenam, UK, Edward Elgar 2002.
  • Service industries in the global economy, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift-Norwegian Journal of Geography,Vol.58,136-140,2004.
  • Dr Grete Rusten Departement of Geography, University of Bergen, Fosswinckelsgt. 6., Postbox 7800, 5020 Bergen T + 47 55 58 31 49
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